Da Hong Pao Red Yixing Clay Tall Cup

135 mL

This simple yet elegant Da Hong Pao red yixing clay tall cup showcases the fine quality of its clay. It is large enough to hold all the tea from a small yixing pot.


2 in stock

This elegant Da Hong Pao red yixing clay tall cup is simple in design to showcase the high quality of its clay. The dark red yixing clay is polished to a fine, slightly textured shine. The cup is heavy for its size and very smooth to the touch.

This is an excellent special cup for a single person. It is large enough to hold all of the tea from one infusion in a small yixing pot. It would pair beautifully with a matching Da Hong Pao clay tea pot, such as our Si Ting yixing pot.

About Da Hong Pao Clay

This cup is crafted from a specific subtype of yixing clay known as Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) clay. Yixing clay comes from Yixing County in Jiangsu Province. This type of clay is prized for its high levels of iron. Many variants of yixing clay with different characters are sourced from different-colored layers in the soil. Da Hong Pao clay stands out from other varieties for the depth of color it acquires after firing, a rich red bordering on purple. This clay is named for that striking dark red color, which matches the deep red infusion of the famous dark-roasted rock wulong tea also known as Da Hong Pao.

Da Hong Pao clay has naturally higher levels of iron than any other type of yixing clay. Due to the very high iron content, it can shrink an incredible 30% during firing. This shrinkage makes yixing clay very difficult to work with and requires great sculpting skill. It is also very prone to cracking or breaking in the kiln, which is fired at the high temperature of 1080°C. Once fired, Da Hong Pao clay has a very high crystallinity and makes a high, clear sound like a ringing bell when tapped. Da Hong Pao clay is also valued for the way it easily acquires an antique-looking patina when seasoned with tea.

Like all of our yixing clay products, this pot is unglazed. The natural clay remains its original color. Yixing clay absorbs aromas easily, so just rinse it off with boiling water instead of washing with soap.